Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Visit to the Farm

We had the unique opportunity to visit Frog Hollow Farm a couple weeks ago out in Brentwood. It was interesting to see exactly where the delicious peaches, nectarines and other fruits we've enjoyed in our CSA box come from. We wandered the orchard, met the farm dog and listened to Farmer Al answer questions and tell us about his experiences in organic farming over the last 30+ years. There were many direct, hard hitting questions asked and answered. I wasn't surprised by any of the answers, I am a trusting person, some would say naive.

Strolling around we saw olive, quince, pomegranate, and citrus trees. Things Frog Hollow isn't known for, yet.

We ate a delicious lunch prepared by Curt Clingman and Mary Jo Thoreson using produce locally sourced from farms such as Dirty Girl, Riverdog and Happy Boy and a whole pasture-raised pig from Marin Sun Farms roasted over a spit.

We came home with a one pound bag of dried apricots. Before we left, Brad joked with our table mates that it is shocking how fast we will finish off the bag. They're gone.

It was nice to put faces with names and to meet the people responsible for our weekly CSA box. I look forward to a long relationship with Frog Hollow Farm.

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